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Department of Culture and Global Studies


A scholarly perspective on the postcoloniality of migration and displacement seeks to unravel those framings by studying their multiple histories, how they are related to the colonial encounter, including how processes of dehistoricization function as a form of racial expression. The prefix “post” in postcoloniality does not mean that the effects of colonialism belong to the past, but rather that the effects of the colonial encounter and slave trades are still ongoing, shaping how we relate to a multitude of issues, including displacement and refugee politics, political economy and social hierarchies including, but not limited to, relations of race, gender, and class. The perspective strives for a critical problematization of the present by detailing the colonial encounter´s doubly constitutive role: for the places, peoples and culture colonized and enslaved, and for the colonizing societies and their metropoles, peoples, and understandings of displacement, humanism and modernity.


Martin Lemberg-Pedersen - Assistant professor

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen is working on postcolonial analyses of migration and border control through his project Spaces, Borders, Bodies, which maps trajectories in externalization, naval border patrols, humanitarianized border interventions and the political economies within which displacement occurs.

Publications include:

► Security, industry and migration in European border control (2018)

► Effective Protection or Effective Combat: EU border control and North Africa (2016)


Marlene Spanger -  Associate Professor

Marlene Spanger works on how constructions of racialization (racialized hierarchies) and whiteness are established through emotions and mix-ups. By doing so, she pays attention to how power relations works in subtle ways.

Publications include:

► Disturbance and Celebration of Josephine Baker in Copenhagen in 1928: Emotional Constructions of
    Whiteness (2015)

Contact GRS - Global Refugee Studies

Research Coordinator Steffen Jensen

Phone: +45 9940 8313

Email: sje@cgs.aau.dk

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